IBM has introduced a hardware appliance that provides access to software virtual images and patterns which it says can be used to build a private cloud.
Called WebSphere CloudBurst, the appliance aims to help IT departments develop, test and deploy business applications automatically. IBM said the product cuts time-intensive processes associated with creating application environments. Once finished, IBM said IT resources are automatically returned to the shared resource pool and logged for internal charge-back purposes. WebSphere CloudBurst also manages individual user and group access.
WebSphere CloudBurst integrates with Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which IBM claims will allow it to support a more modern dynamic data centre and reduces IT operational costs by automating the development and management processes for WebSphere cloud computing environments.
As part of its public cloud initiatives, IBM has also introduced BPM BlueWorks, a cloud-based set of strategy and business process tools.
IBM is also working in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, to make IBM software available in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). WebSphere sMash, Informix Dynamic Server, DB2, and WebSphere Portal with Lotus Web Content Management Standard Edition are available through a "pay as you go" model for both development and production instances.